It was only recently when Wall Street Journal reported that at least one of the 2017 iPhone models will ditch the proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. But according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that all three iPhone variants launching in 2017 will keep the Lightning connector with an addition of USB-C power delivery for faster charging.
Here is an excerpt from his latest note to investors obtained by MacRumors:
New 2H17 models may all support fast charging. We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port). A key technical challenge lies with ensuring product safety and stable data transmission during a fast charge. In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple (US) will adopt TI’s (US) power management and Cypress’s (US) Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models. We note the OLED version may have a faster-charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L-shaped battery pack design.
Kuo believes that Apple will retain the current Lightning port on all of its upcoming iPhone models this year with an addition of faster-charging capability. Since the Lightning port has a slimmer design compared to a USB-C port, and MFi program that gives Apple licensing income, and the fact that USB-C’s high-speed data transmission is “still a niche application” for iPhone.
Apple is widely expected to launch 3 different iPhone models in 2017. Two of these new models will be “S” version of the current iPhone 7 and additionally Apple will launch a 10th Anniversary Edition dubbed as iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch OLED display.